BAHAWALPUR: Two men drowned in a sewage pit while trying to save their goats in Lodhran on Monday.
According to Rescue 1122 media coordinator Adnan Ahmed, two men, Muhammad Amir (35) and Muhammad Tariq (30), drowned in a sewer pit on the Gailwala-Lodhran road when they jumped into it after their goats fell into the well.
Rescuers arrived at the scene but both men had already expired after falling unconscious into the well.
Their bodies were recovered and returned to their families.
In another incident, two underage sisters, Sara (4) and Dua Fatimah (2), were burned to death when their hut caught fire at Basti Hambalwala in Kahror Pucca.
According to Rescue 1122, the deceased were in their hut while their father, Ajmal, and their mother left to earn a living by harvesting wheat. When they returned, they found their two daughters dead. The cause of the fire could not be determined.
In another incident, a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) settling plant in Milad Chowk caught fire due to a gas leak, causing the death of two people and burns to as many.
Among the injured, Muhammad Irfan (12) and Sameer (16) died while Asif (9) and Shah Nawaz (30) suffered serious burns.
The injured were transferred to Lodhran district headquarters hospital, where their condition was assessed as serious.
ZAKAT: The District Zakat Committee has released Rs40m to be distributed to 4,341 poor people in the district.
According to the chairman of the committee, Malik Ahmed Nawaz Nanganga, each of the needy would receive 9,000 rupees as living allowance while each of the deserving visually impaired men would receive 12,000 rupees. He said people would soon start receiving their amount through messages by easypaisa from their designated franchise stores.
He ordered people to receive full payment without any deductions by their franchised dealers or merchants.
LOOKS: Up to 3,239 manholes covered in three districts of Bahawalpur division.
This was said by Commissioner Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, who was chairing a meeting to review the progress of service delivery by government departments.
According to an official document, 6,293 streetlights were also restored while another 2,482 would also be repaired within two weeks.
CALLIGRAPHY: Thirty works of calligraphy art by eight well-known local calligraphers were exhibited in an exhibition held at Bahawalpur Arts Council.
The exhibition attracted a large number of visitors who appreciated the works.
Posted in Dawn, April 19, 2022